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tv   The Listening Post 2019 Ep 11  Al Jazeera  March 16, 2019 11:32am-12:01pm +03

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before setting off suicide bombs six people were killed the s.d.f. says that attack highlights how difficult it has been to wrap up their offensive hundreds of thousands of algerians have once again protested demanding president of their lizzie's beautifully resigned weeks of demonstrations are already for the president to drop his bid for a fifth term and tropical cycle and it die continues to bring heavy rain and the risk of flooding as a distant grades over mozambique recycler and has hit speeds of up to one hundred seventy kilometers per hour affecting half a million people in the coastal city of bear and many of those are without power more than one hundred twenty people have been killed in mozambique malawi and south africa as heavy rains hit the region listening post is next. for more than a decade he's been considered a threat to national security in russia putin said we'll give you the twelve indicted military intelligence officers indicted by special counsel robert miller
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but what we want in return is you bill browder a multimillionaire investor in russia turned anti putin activist talks to a. man take to the street says this is truly have occasional now because you'll be keeping a. good. pub. and that is he. will not be seeking the. hello i'm richard just put in you're at the listening post here are some of the media stories we're covering this week down but not quite out the question algerians are asking is when will they see the end of their longtime presence a mass shooting in new zealand and the ethics of graphic imagery what should and should not be shown online and on air my beauty my purpose advertising those feel good that is designed to make you feel good about buying something and i'll be
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living the life. so that britain is burning and the politician who set it alight is profiting at a safe distance three weeks in damascus little protests algeria's president of the lizzie's a beautifully to has given in withdrawing his bid for a fifth term in office the announcement did not come from beautifully himself the eighty two year old has hardly been seen in public since a stroke six years ago left him paralyzed for now algeria is invisible ruler remains in office his indefinite postponement of next month's elections suggests he might not be going anytime soon algeria social media space has been occupied by protesters driving the street movement providing their own coverage of citizens have learned not to count on media aligned with the government especially broadcasters. they've long been controlled by the state criticism of the ailing ruler had been scarce there were things are changing marginalized voices many of
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them banned from the airwaves are being heard once again reporters that state backed outlets have been criticizing the journalism of their own channels could this really be the beginning of the end for a president who's been in power for nearly twenty years our starting point this week is. sunday march fourth the evening newscast on canal. a french language channel that stayed on. for the algerian media it would be a telling moment for the woman who had spent fifteen years in the anchor chair the last straw the m a dossier reads a letter from president to flee word for word addressing the on rest on the streets . and. then she turned to news of an opposition figure a voice of dissent announcing his intention to run for beautiful because john too
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was reading going through her newscast and was going to read an item about one of the other candidates and she was clearly told in her ear piece don't read that. at least if you did he should concede that people don't. like practices straight out of the soviet union looking at her body language she was really in a very weird position and he expressed that so much and just after the t.v. show c he resigned from that position and said enough is enough it was another reminder that you don't live in a free country you are under the song of a regime that controls what your visual cortex sees. and that is an outrageous thing for someone to feel. in the twenty first century in the border less world of the internet where ideas are moving across. the demonstrations began
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a month ago in northern algeria far from the camp they were set off by the news that president beautifully would seek an unprecedented and unconstitutional first term in office within a week the protests had reached algiers organized on and driven by social media the on the rest quickly grew to a level the country has not seen in decades initially the state on channels. and t.v. both buried their heads in the sand ignoring the story. however four days into the protests in the capital on february twenty sixth journalists held one of their own over the orders that they were getting from above preventing them from doing their job. so it was a pretty significant moment. and this is not acceptable and were able to act on that was previously you know thoughts that maybe wouldn't have been taken and the extent to which civil society really was mobilizing in support of the movement kind
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of caught elysium off guard and that was spawned by just trying to ignore the news simply wasn't going to floyd since the beginning of the protestant on february twenty second that journalists and media had had very formal you know guidelines not to cover the protests and they didn't want the beginning of june t.v. where having you know several t.v. shows coast to ones that and documentaries and there was no coverage what so ever about what was going gone in the street and when i watch with the students in the university of the next morning i do this on february twenty sixth one of the slogans somewhere yes a half a week until better which means that. you media where did you go. it was very significant that on the evening that would flicker that. is the main national t.v.
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channel opted for this very unusual for much of an open debate between a couple of major well. on the current political crisis given the country. to be able. to openly you know the question of crisis the question of transition it was taken by a lot of our sign that things are moving few days before when they've been try not to talk about the protests at all. every war results in casualties and the battle for truth in algeria has produced a few. spent twelve years hosting a program on a state owned radio channel ai his show was cancelled this past week because he did not choose his words carefully enough and luna's did not even speak directly on the protests or the politics his crime was speaking philosophic allegorically that it. had that the subject of the said he said was the theory of social contract the
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philosopher john jacques rousseau says that people are the source of power and that a nation cannot be built without its people so i concentrated on this philosophical point the director of the channel thought i was talking about the current movement but even though i didn't directly refer to it or take any particular political stance certain people in public media do not understand the transformation happening in nigeria society today still behave with a controlling mentality i mean tell a t that is outdated the people in the demonstrations have proven that this mentality belongs in the past. our interview with lunes was conducted over skype because al-jazeera has effectively been banned from algeria since two thousand and four the beautifully good government is very selective about which. national news outlets it will allow in limiting song to visits by foreign leaders or other stories the authorities want to cover and the on
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the ground absence of global news organizations may have contributed to some of the misconceptions swirling around the story starting with the lazy labeling of the protests as algeria's version of the arab spring given that they're describing a population that rose up against one party rule in one thousand nine hundred eighty eight more than two decades before their neighbors to. look we respect what happened in other countries but we are in another concept we started our revolution in one thousand eight hundred eight we had our first free election in one thousand nine hundred one when the our borders are really in a totally different situation algeria had a free press a vibrant democracy free speech a renaissance in the bubbling of creativity is in the arts in the culture of all of that and when the elections got cancelled and when the islamist won and the bloody civil war that that ensued after so now people don't even like the term our spring they just say this is our liberation movement which is continuing with all due
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respect to what happened in the other can. do you know was a precursor in the arab spring and this is why do not like the analogy because of what happened after the arab spring in the region terrorism jehad isn't that. terrible socio economic situation and they don't want to that for that country i do you insist that they paid a hefty price after their do you speak in one thousand nine hundred eighty eight and what followed. having been through such an uprising before having then watched their neighbors do the same algerians have fewer illusions than most they know what has not changed that president putin's leak while out of sight is still in the picture that the powers that be known as you look who've lost. who have backed the president for so long are still there algerians also know that their news media which are showing signs of life could revert to old habits at any time.
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we're discussing other media stories that are on our radar this week with one of our producers matt salah. marcello the mass murders that took place at those two mosques in new zealand it was clear that the perpetrators wanted to attract attention and that they relied on live streaming technology to get it that's right richard because there was seventeen minutes of video live streamed on facebook and then repos sit on three of the major platforms the suspect also published his white supremacist manifesto in an american website where users can create their own storyboards this week by washington post reporter who specializes in artificial intelligence the problem in new zealand live streams on facebook announced on a channel reposed it on you tube comments it said about will read it and merit around the world before the companies can even reacts. those platforms then
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scrambled to take material down but eight hours later the full video was still up on you tube and as all of this is unfolding online there are news organizations around the world with some editorial decisions to make various media outlets brokaw's some of the footage or imbedded it on their websites and posts including several in australia and al-jazeera arabic in most cases they didn't show the actual shootings or any victims they limited their videos to the moment the government entered the mosque the british paper the daily mail took it further now bear in mind the site is driven by advertising and for a time allowed viewers to watch the video in full as these events prime minister just in their ads and put it we should not be perpetuating sharing giving any oxygen to this at violence and the message that is sitting behind it on the venezuela now the political power struggle there the ongoing propaganda war and one piece of video that made news and then made news again. yes video emerged
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a few weeks back showing trucks carrying humanitarian aid ablaze and it was aired by news networks around the world as evidence that president whether those forces were setting a don't fire problem is the video was doctored this week the new york times took a forensic look at those images and showed how the shots have been in fact set alight not by my little forces but by protester who threw a molotov cocktail that hit one of the vehicles you launch is one mala top. but the second one separates and we as the times then traces how the south and video spread like wildfire us politicians took to twitter with the news networks regurgitated it without checking its legitimacy so then this then becomes a story about some good fact checking on the part of the new york times it does but by the time that times piece was published the misinformation it had plenty of time to spread that could have easily been avoided because there were in fact many journalists on the ground on day one you question the video but that's out fail to
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make the news costs it's taken two weeks for the times to set the record straight ok thanks marcella. turning now to an advertising trend and a social media story that probably came up on your news feeds recently that gillette ad that landed the company in some hot water jumping on the me to hash tag and subsequent movement to protect women from sexual harassment in the workplace gillette tweaked its long time sales slogan the best a man can get turning it into the best that men can be and then the company got beat up online for appropriating a social movement for the sake of its profits that advertising technique has a name it's called purpose marketing it's a socio political kind of brand of messaging that adopts a purpose in order to sell a product in the twenty first century marketplace traditional product focused campaigns no longer get the clicks the likes the shares that advertisers crave so more and more of them are latching. because and to let's not the only brand to have
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an ad of this kind backfire listening posts johannah who's now on a marketing trend and the challenge of striking a balance between purpose and profit. thank you believe in something. even if it means sacrificing everything racial equality my beauty my beauty my beauty my female empowerment this is what happens when ice cream is just two degrees warmer than it should be the realities of climate change oh you think the military a woman against actually asked masculinity for big brands just selling a product is no longer enough. is this the best american get advertising doesn't work like it used to getting people's attention is really difficult companies can't just talk about what they make anymore because we've seen it before and we're not paying attention so what so many brands are doing is show up with conversations
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that we want to be part of and if they can go out for the ride that's the best food available to them where experience in shift in generational values that's leading to people in particular buy from companies that are more conscientious into the bigger picture what young people can see is rising inequality increased political polarization and because of this there is a need for businesses to consider more than just profit not something they've ever been particularly good ads that you say i said no way which begs the question is social political causes companies pick the stances they take to be amount to anything more than on screen publicity stunts strategically a doctor to do all the clicks the likes of the shares their businesses rely on. in the case of the pap smear seems to be known. in two thousand and seventeen the
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company put out an ad appropriating the black lives matter movement to sell its product but it backfired and they're since been held up as a prime example of how not to do purpose marketing because pepsi attempted to challenge decades of police brutality and racial inequality with a can of soda and a supermodel a white one so we have a serious issue here that's meaningful to people and they'd be little bit by using one of the most. wealthy women in the world as their spokes model. makes it seem trite and certainly opportunistic it didn't seem authentic it seemed like just climbing onto a cause and it really rang false for people who care about those issues at no point i guess pepsi every night through the rock that ties in on marketing that they're aligned with the black flies much movement and because of the out it was seen as
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reductive and making a pop culture moment of. protest against police brutality we've seen one after another disastrous outcome of brands that tried to you know use fake purpose opportunistically to connect with consumers and it backfires. pepsi is not the only brand trying to master the art of purpose marketing is to his brain going on far too in january this year razor brinton let it get famous for its longtime slogan the best and then can get switched up its catchphrase to write the need to wait releasing it's the best man can campaign aimed at addressing toxic masculinity and then hoping to sell a few razors in the process because we. we believe in the best in men he added caused a huge backlash not least because gillette's new found more compass is somewhat over the parchin from the message the company has spread for decades to say the
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right thing. to act in the right way so let's think about history for a minute there one of the very first mass marketers don't have that kind of a board does that mean they're. showed up in our living rooms uninvited for years and years at a time promoting the idea that what a man is supposed to do is either another man sent to what shows up today in a world where they can't buy or attention and seeks to earn it by putting a message into the world yet you can be. syndicate say they're trying to manipulate us but what i see is a heartfelt effort to say let's think about this so i think the reason why there was such backlash to this is because it came off like gillette was lecturing and test to skiing men for not being the right kind of father the right kind of man i think what they meant to be was aspirational like let's be better as the boys watch today but if they did it so badly then to me it came up it was
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opportunistic like they were just trying to find a cause and all of this one will do what. is unhealthful is flash in the pan type of activity what you want to see is a broader business where they believe in a cause and commit to supporting a pyrrhic it's bruns can really make a difference and the power that they have through their platforms and their resources and use it to shape mindsets and address social challenges and color injustice and in doing our brands can help she's moved on a lot more quickly than they would have done with that kind of exposure like danio bringing disagrees he works at greenpeace in charge of campaigning for forestry last year a british supermarket chain iceland approached the organization wanting to use one of its campaign videos for an ad on the consequences of the farming of dirty palm oil destroying natural habitat there's
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a wrong turn in my tank and i don't know what to do she plays with only techies and keeps pulling greenpeace allowed iceland to use the video and while the u.k. regulator responsible for betting ads banned it for allegedly breaking the rules of political advertising it went viral and reignite discussions over the consequences of de forestation why were you in my picture ricky ponting. as a human in my forest and i don't know a green peace we often say no permanent friends no permanent enemies so if a company is doing the right thing in taking positive action that is genuine there's visibility and deserves praise you came protest this with cynicism and with scrutiny and the fact is that they felt like the actions on the part i slammed represented a legitimate raise in trying to address the problem they sent their c.e.o. to go to indonesia and see firsthand the scale of the problem with dirty pablo
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production he took away my mother and us one brand to get it right they can prove a useful ally in the fight for social justice. and it's not bad for profits either following the ad iceland sales rose and its brand perception amongst consumers improve significantly calling a dream crazy is not an insult similarly a commercial produced by sports brand nike featuring n.f.l. quarterback calling capra nick who lost his job taking a stance on racial inequality but the black lives matter movement back in the spotlight to don't ask if your dreams are crazy. ask if they're crazy. and at the same time the company saw it share price shoot up night was the voice someone actively engaged and the black guy it's not me that gave the out a lot more often to say but still it's important to ask questions about this is broader purposes and i explore human conditions in the press and that still meets the question at the same time that nike is coming out championing women athletes
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and saying they should stand up and you know growl and make noise so if they want to call you crazy. show them what crazy can do. they have class action lawsuit for you know underpaying their female employees we don't hear that what we hear is all the marketing noise around the cause of championing women as consumers you don't have to it's not your job to fully understand an issue which means you may not be hearing the whole issue everyone is different one measure of how far this trends in marketing is come it's now reached a point of being satirized in march and if a single bottle could be enjoyed by people in the same boat the same time so we've got drink from it together together or you kill to. get away says through the soft drink companies produced this and cools it refreshing it honest on what the true
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purpose of purpose marketing really is. just a few million sales away in shops doesn't fit on shelves. and finally history will not treat him kindly but we at the listening post figure why wait we're talking about david cameron the politician who basically fled ten downing street after calling that bracks that referendum losing it and leaving the new prime minister to resign made a clean up his mess this past week parliament rejected may's blueprint to quit the european union cameron was nowhere to be seen these days he delivers speeches for which he is reportedly grotesquely overpaid around two hundred thousand dollars an hour one of those speeches about it there's a video made by joe dot co dot u.k. a site that says it's aimed at men not lads it features a tune by george reworked called david cameron has this important message from nice
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